How do i claim my car tax back
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Q: I have just sold my car. It had five months left to run on the tax and when I tried to get the buyer to pay for this he refused and said that I would have to claim it back from the DVLA. Is this right?
A: Yes it is. From October 1 this year vehicle tax cannot be transferred with the vehicle.
As you have sold the car you must notify the DVLA. When you do this you will automatically get a refund for any full months remaining on the car tax. You need to make sure that the DVLA has the correct details for you as the refund will be sent to the vehicle keeper’s address.
Some other information that car drivers need to know is:
From October 1 this year you no longer need to display the paper tax disc on your vehicle. Even if it still has some months left to run you can still
remove and destroy it.
You can apply online to renew your tax using either the 16 digit number on your tax reminder, or the 11 digit number from your log book (V5C)
You still need to apply even if you drive a vehicle that is exempt from payment or has a nil rate of duty.
If you have just bought a car you must tax it. Either use the New Keeper Supplement part of the logbook by going online or by phoning the automated phone service on 0300 123 4321 – which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
From November 1 drivers will be offered Direct Debit – either annually, six monthly or monthly (for 12 months tax).
You can get help, information and advice from your local Citizens Advice Bureau or visit www.adviceguide.org.uk or contact Wokingham CAB at Waterford House, Erfstadt Court, Wokingham, RG40 2YF. Tel: 0844 499 4126. Website: www.wokingham-cab.org.uk.Open to personal callers and telephone calls Monday to Thursday 9am to 3pm, Fridays 9am to 1pm. Also at Headley Road, Woodley. Open Monday and Wednesday 9.30am to 3.30pm.Source: www.getreading.co.uk